Allied Warships

HMS Culver (Y 87)

Sloop of the Banff class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantY 87 
Built byBethlehem Shipbuilding Corp. (Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Laid down20 Jun 1928 
Launched27 Nov 1928 
Commissioned30 Apr 1941 
Lost31 Jan 1942 
Loss position48° 43'N, 20° 14'W

HMS Culver (Lt.Cdr. Randall Thomas Gordon-Duff, RN) blew up and sank after being hit by two torpedoes from U-105 while escorting the convoy SL-98 about 450 miles west-south-west of Cape Clear in position 48º43'N, 20º14'W with the loss of the commanding officer, seven officers and 119 ratings. Only one offcer and 12 ratings survived.


Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 31 Jan 1942 by U-105 (Schuch).

U-boat AttackSee our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Culver
Former nameUSCGC Mendota

Commands listed for HMS Culver (Y 87)

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1Lt.Cdr. Randall Thomas Gordon-Duff, RNApr 194131 Jan 1942 (+)

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Notable events involving Culver include:

31 Oct 1941
HMS Culver (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN) picks up 25 survivors from the Dutch merchant Bennekom that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-96 in convoy OS-10 about 530 nautical miles west of Cape Clear in position 51°20'N, 23°40'W.

Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor

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